Fireball over Japan
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A "brightly glistening object" moving across the sky was seen around 6 p.m. in Kyushu and the Chugoku region in western Japan, with witnesses reporting to local astronomical and weather observatories, prompting experts to suspect a meteor.

Some 10 witnesses reported seeing the fireball to the Fukuoka district weather observatory in the city of Fukuoka. They described it as a bright, shining object moving from east to west and "a bright object like something burning," according to an official.

A female visitor to Hoshi no Bunkakan, an astronomical observatory in Yame, Fukuoka Prefecture, saw a shining object in the southwestern sky and reported to the staff, the observatory representative said.

A witness reported seeing a "green shining object" to the Hiroshima regional weather observatory in the city of Hiroshima.

"It may have been what is known as a bolide, which is a meteor that emits strong light," said Takahiro Ikeda, a staffer at Hoshi no Bunkakan.